Shui Jin Gui is one of the most famous rock teas. In fact it belongs together with Da Hong Pao, Tie Luo Han and Bai Ji Guan to the four famous bushes (Si Da Ming Cong). This Shui Jin Gui was two times roasted to intensify the fruity aroma the tea.
The almost inaccessible tea growing area makes industrial production virtually impossible and so this tea is still harvested by hand. The manufacturer also produces out of conviction purely biological. This is also promoted by the government since Wuyi Shan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it should remain like this. The Wuyi mountain range stretches at an altitude between 200 and up to 2058m and have a mild climate with an average temperature of 21°C.
Production in Wuyi has a thousand years of tradition and the historical knowledge about the art of tea is passed down from generation to generation. This special type of tea is grown by family owned businesses in Wuyi Shan and thanks centuries old knowledge processed into a oolong tea of it’s own class. Rock teas are produced very traditionally: The tea is dried and withered in baboo trays and finally roasted over charcoal fire in bamboo baskets.
This incredible Shui Jin Gui was grown in the heart of the Wuyi Mountains. This is also known as Zheng Yan (centre rock). The tea garden itself is called Zhong Gu Yan and has for Wuyi a similar status as Bordeaux for wine connoisseurs.
Harvest: Spring 2020
Taste: Flowery and refreshing
Oxidation: approx. 50%
Origin: Zhong Gu Yan (Zheng Yan), Wuyi, China
Preparation: In this blogpost is described how to brew Oolong tea
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